Saturday, January 14, 2017

Return of the Sea Cucumber

Three-rowed sea cucumber
Is more than one donkey dung sea cucumber a shitload?

I’ve blogged about sea cucumbers before, but they’re just so darn photogenic, and I’ve never seen so many in one place as in Bocas del Toro, so here we go again. Basically, a sea cucumber is a squishy tube of flesh – mouth at one end, anus at the other – that roams the sea floor. Not all roam; at least one species burrows and feeds by extending tentacles above the sand. Generally we’d spot them here and there, but in Bocas waters they’re everywhere – here, and there, and over there, and there, too… You get it. Here are a few we’ve encountered lately.

Conical sea cucumber

Hidden sea cucumber - the body is beneath the sand, and it's feeding with these exposed tentacles

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Tasty Treats at Los Amigos

Another can-only-get-there-by-boat eatery in Tierra Oscura (not too far from Rana Azul) is Los Amigos. Ernie is a sweetheart who serves terrific food. We’ve had the fried chicken (great), baked chicken (even better), and eggs Benedict (to die for). The burgers and pancakes also look totally delicious. The restaurant perches above the water amidst the mangroves, as does the little village around it. The buildings are connected by narrow planks that the kids obviously learn to negotiate at an early age, given the successful crossing by a toddler we saw wobbling along her way.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Elusive Ostrich-Shark

Nurse sharks often tuck up beneath coral heads and rocks, but this particular one apparently decided that if it couldn’t see us, then we couldn’t see it.